31 May 2012

Frenchwoman upsets Serena Williams

6:52 am on 31 May 2012

The unseeded home player Virginie Razzano has pulled off a major upset at the French Open, eliminating the American tennis great Serena Williams in the opening round in Paris.

Razzano seemed to be cruising to victory with a 5-0 lead in the deciding set, but Williams fought back to 3-5 before the Frenchwoman won a marathon ninth game to take the deciding set 6-3.

It's the first time in 47 Grand Slam tournaments that Williams has lost in the first round.

The fifth seed had been two points away from a straight sets victory at 5-1 up in the second set tiebreaker before she lost six straight points.